A PEOPLE WITHOUT A PARTY!

Nov. 9. 2013  By Jack Jodell. 

The United States is unique among nations in that, for nearly all of its history, political power has been divided among two major parties, the Democratic Party (NOT the “Democrat” Party, as many ignorant and spiteful far-rightists have scornfully come to call it), and the Republican Party. Originally, of course, it was either the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans, or the Whigs, but eventually all of the major parties morphed into either the Democratic or Republican Party. Minor parties such as the Know-Nothings, the Libertarian, the Socialist, the Communist, the American Nazi, and the Green Party have met with brief, lukewarm publuc support. Few until the current billionaire-supported Tea Party have met with any sizable electoral success, and now even that miserable faction appears to be on the decline, thank God.

In most of the rest of the world, though, either one party rule or multiparty coalitions have dominated their politics. In some cases this has led to dictatorships, while in others, instability has resulted.

The longstanding two-party mode has served the U.S. fairly well, except in times of massive polarization such as we have bow, which has led to a paralvzation of government through obstruction efforts  and an actual government shutdown. Party domination of the presidency and both hoises of Congress has continually shifted between the parties, with each of them exerting both positive as well as negative influences over our government, business, legal system, and even our culture and society as well when they have had political control.

With the exception of their early days, and again during the all-too-brief progressive era at the start of the 20th century, Republicans have generally favored conservative causes and have tried to preserve rather than change the status quo.They have traditionally never championed the labor movement, preferring instead to saddle up with banks, small and big businesses, and major industrialists  of their day to stifle the rights and wage gains sought or  obtained by American workers. They easily fit into the popular stereotype that they are the party of the rich. Their policies and behavior over most of the past 140-odd years certainly fits that stereotype. Lately, though, their conservatism has shifted ever-rightward, reaching the point today where they could more accurately be described as reactionary, The Tea Party infestation, which began in 2010 when nimerous billionaires flooded these candidates with money and technical advice in a blatant attempt to take over the Republican Party, has largely succeeded, but at an unforseen, horrible cost. It cast the party into a very backward-looking mindset; caused them to lose the majority of national elections held since then; and has turned entire large blocs of voters (Hispanics, African-Americans, and women, among others) against the Republican Party altogether. This will ensure far more electoral failures than successes for many years to come, unless and until this infestation of reactionaries is reversed.

Funny thing about the Republicans. Even though they really only represent the interests of a small slice of the populstion (wealthy individuals, businessmen, and corporations), they have cleverly hoodwinked and used various groups to gain and maintain power. Even though Jesus Christ repeatedly advised people to feed the poor and take care of the sick and downtrodden, Republicans have constantly used wedge issues to build a huge following of conservative evangelical Christians. By offering anti-gay and pro-family sentiments as bait, they have captured millions of votes from people who never stop to think that many pf their pro-rich, anti-worker policies contribute to breakups of poor families, something Jesus would never support. They likewise build a following among poor or lower working class workers by cleverly instilling a fear of minorities who may threaten their jobs, or by getting them to dislike both the poor and the taxes used to support the social safety net by intimating that these folks are lazy cheats who refuse to work and are availing themselves of government freebies. The Republicans are also adept at grabbing up popular war heroes or well-known entertainment figures to run for political office under their banner. Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan are perfect examples of this. Now why do the Republicans stoop this low? Because they know damn well if they ever honestly presented their agenda, only the wealthiest 1% of the population whom they service so well would vote for them!

The Democrats, on the other hand, used to be the party of the poor, the downtrodden, and the American worker. Not so much today, though – they have been corrupted since the glory days of the 1930s – the 1970s, when they achieved so much for the average citizen. The legalization of labor unions, unemployment compensation, Social Security, disability, paid vacations, the minimum wage, overtime pay, the War on Poverty, strong consumer-protection laws, and a host of other good, beneficial, and needed things –none of these would have been possible without strong Democratic majprities from a strong and progressive Democratic Party. But that was then, and this is now. Labor unions have been made impotent since Reagan destroyed many of them in the 1980s, and the ranks of the poor have grown noticeably  since then as well, while the middle class is shrinking. Meanwhile, the rich have steadily gotten more fabulously wealthier thanks to the misguided efforts of both parties. Clinton’s “new Democrats” passed many deregulation bills which ended up aiding wealthy crooked bankers on Wall Street and laid the foundation for the disastrous Great Recession of 2008. They also stood quietly by as George W. Bush pushed for and got massive tax cuts for the rich, and very few opposed him as his Republican-led rubber stamp Congress of the early 2000s approved his criminal and  insanely expensive war in Iraq. Barack Obama, to his credit, ended that war, but is still engaged in expensive actions in Afghanistan, while launching indiscriminate drone strikes and spying on peoples all across the globe, thanks to his failure to rein in the malignant and overly paranoid National Security Agency. Both Obama and Bush gave billions in federal aid to crooked Wall Street bankers, all the while ignoring the plight of everyday citizens, who were left bewildered, to try and pick up the pieces of their now-shattered careers and lives. It is clear the Democratic Party under Obama and Clinton before him bears little resemblance to its greater predecessor of years before, and that is extremely tragic.

We often hear both modern Democrats and modern Republicans alike proclaim what “the American people” really want and really need. The sad fact, however, is that neither party really has an understanding of what the average citizen truly wants or needs. Political leaders have become isolated from and clueless about their constituents. They have forgotten all about the average citizen in their zeal to deliver for the special interests which fund their election campaigns and bribe them. The average citizen justifiably feels betrayed and is growing more cynical all the time…

Until this country returns to a truly progressive path – one that is interested in passing legislation beneficial to everyone rather than just a favored few, “the American people” (the 99% MAJORITY of them, anyway) will be largely – sadly – A PEOPLE WITHOUT A PARTY!                              

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POLITICAL QUOTES TO REMEMBER

Oct.31, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

Happy Halloween, everybody! The shenanigans coming out of Washington these days are pretty scary. Some may think all this grandstanding and infighting is a relatively recent phenomenon, but that is not the case. As you will see from a number of the quotes below, many of which were gathered over a long period of time and some even from other countries, the political spectacle we have been seeing recently is actually rather commonplace.

The first several quotes come from a wide range of sources, each of which has been credited. Some are thigh-slappingly hilarious. The rest of the quotes come from the incredible Will Rogers, whose keen and witty insight and wisdom graced the nation’s media from the 1920s through the 1930s. Enjoy, dear readers!

“Politics – a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.”
– Ambrose Bierce –

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche –

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.”
– Maureen Murphy –

“Legislators don’t have enough sense to think for themselves – they let ALEC do it!”
– Mike Papantonio –

“I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts.  After all, we’ve
been voting for boobs long enough.”
– Clarie Sargent –  

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
– George Jean Nathan –

” If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.”

“A president just can’t make much showing against congress. They lay awake nights, thinking up things to be against the president on.” 

“When you straddle a thing it takes a long time to explain it.”

Congress is so strange; a man gets up to speak and says nothing, nobody listens, and then everybody disagrees.”

“A politician is not as narrow-minded as he forces himself to be.”

“… you got to admit that each party is worse than the
other.”

“There’s no trick being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.”

“Politics has got so expensive, that it takes a lot of money to even get beat wuth nowadays.” 

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate; now what’s going to happen to us with both a Senate and a House?”

“So cheer up. Let’s all be friends again. One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect whether you want him or not. That’s why we call it democracy.”                           

“One wants recovery to start from the bottom, and the other wants it to start from the top. I don’t know which is right. I’ve never heard of anybody suggesting that they might start it in the middle, so I hereby make that suggestion, to start recovery halfway between the two, because it’s the middle class that does everything anyhow.”                                          

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A DANGEROUSLY FAILED STATE!

Oct. 24, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

We in these “United” States love to consider ourselves as being the “arsenal of democracy” and a “bright, shining city on a hill” supposedly serving as a beacon of hope and light for all the rest of the world to marvel at and try to emulate. 

What a load of hogwash.

In many ways, we Americans have failed, and are still failing, to live up to the glorified and idealized image we are so fond of  casting ourselves in.  We often think of other renegade nations, such as North Korea or Somalia, as being rogue, lawless examples of failed states, when in realuty, we are not so far removed from them in a number of ways. 

Wikipedia defines a failed state as a state perceived as “having failed at some of the basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government….The definition according to the Fund For Peace is…

1). Loss of control of its territory, or of the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force therein.
2). Erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions.
3). An inability to provide public services.
4). An inability to act with other states as a full member of the international community.

Common characteristics of a failed state include a central government so weak or ineffective that ithas little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION AND CRIMINALITY; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; and SHARP ECONOMIC DECLINE.”

Looking at this point by point,
1). It is completely accurate to allege that we have lost control of much of our inner cities territory, where regular drive-by shootings, along with rampant drug use and drug dealing are the rule rather than the exception. Even in suburban areas, we are seeing a very disturbing rise in the number of murderous school shootings (with the NRA  loudly proclaiming its preposterous assertion that the only solution is more, rather than less, guns being present at our nation’s public schools). Meanwhile, senseless mass murders by gun-toting fanatical morons are becoming more frequent each year.
2). One need look no further than the recent Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party-induced shutdown of the federal government, and the continual Republican-led obstruction efforts on job creation and budget issues to see that we definitely DO have a severe lack of authority to make “collective decisions”!
3). The evidence that we have an inability to provide public services is mounting. The fact that drastic cuts in welfare benefits have occurred for many years, eligibility requirements have considerably narrowed over time, and the recent Tea Party drive to radically reduce available Food Stamps for those who need them the most, plus their relentless drive to privatize Social Security are all disturbing proofs of this ever-increasing inability. So is the fact that they have blocked pasdsage of numerous bills for the much needed and long overdue repair or renewal of decaying public roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure items.
4). We have arrogantly disregarded the sovereignity of, and have made blatant attempts to control and dominate other nations repeatedly over the years, from the CIA-led overthrow of the legally elected democratic government in Iran in 1953, to the murderous overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1971, to the invasion of Grenada in 1983, to the brutal invasion and occupation of Iraq beginning in 2003, to the indiscriminate drone strikes murdering thousands of innocent bystanders in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen,  to the recently revealed internet spying attempts on Brazil, Mexico, and even France which were conducted by our paranoid and cimpletely out-of-control NSA.  If this is not “an inability to act with other states as a full member of the international community”, then I don’t know what the hell IS!

Concerning “widespread corruption and criminality”, our government and major big business institutions are literally permeated with it! Lobbyists are literally crawling all over the nation’s Capitol, threatening or bribing hundreds of congresspersons into accepting their point of view or even introducing lobbyist-crafted bills for passage! Subsidies are routinely dished out to huge, already very profitable energy companies and corporate agriculture, because both of these are well lpbbied on Capitol Hill, and many of them don’t even pay a dime in taxes!  Billionaires have set up the notorious American Legislative Exchange Council (also known as ALEC) ostensibly to advise and lobby legislators, but more realistically a driving force to ensure that a pro-business agenda is always set and passed into law. This shadowy group has been known to actually ghost write entire bills, some of which have unfortunately become law. Many corporations deliberately set up elaborate tax-shelter schemes which keep their huge profits safely offshore and well out of the reach of the IRS. Many even manipulate legislators so as to receive tax subsidies from the government and successfully elude paying any taxes at all, yet they continue to use taxpayer-funded roads and highways to transport their goods. Billionaires successfully avoid paying personal income tax by creating huge loopholes and by shifting the tax liability to those far below them on the income scale – those who can afford it least, by comparison. Then they waste millions of dollars on expensive ad campaigns to sway public opinions against legislation they don’t like, or try to buffalo the public into accepting legislation THEY like instead.

While it is true that we don’t have the severely malnourished populations that both North Kprea and Somalia have, we DO have an ever-expanding, record disparity in wealth – with the numbers of those slipping beneath the poverty line increasing all the time. Despite enormous gains made  in worker productivity over the past three decades, workers’ wages have lagged badly behind those of their greedy corporate masters.  In fact, nearly all of the economic gauns generated from that period have gone to the wealthiest 1% of the country, with incredibly little of this bonanza being shared with all of those below them! We are seeing an entire class of people, mainly congresspersons, lobbyists, and the wealthy corporate elite, becoming completely oblivious to the very real and pressing needs of their countrypersons all around them. Worse yet, they are not only ignorant of these needs, but many are becoming contemptuous of those beneath them on the income scale. They isolate themselves in gated communities and are becoming totally unaware, and even uncaring, about how the overwhelming 99% majority of the”other” population now lives.

That is why I maintain that this country is well on its way to becoming a dangerously failed state!

                       

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RIGGED AGAINST US!

Oct. 15, 2013  By Jack Jodell. 

We Americans love to talk of ourselves as being from “the land of the free” where the individual has “inalienable rights” and where we have “majority rule” because we live a “democracy”.  The sad reality, though, is that none of those concepts is actually completely true.

madisonEven the Constitution, which so many (especially on the far right) hold in unquestioned reverence, is a flawed document in a number of ways (at least for those of us who are libertines and believe in true, universal equality for all). Written chiefly by aristocratic Founding Father James Madison, it contains many pro-wealthy biases which tend to favor business and property owners and a small elite few who have either inherited or acquired great wealth at the expense of workers and the lower classes. For Madison and the other Founding Fathers distrusted the majority of the population, most of whom were not landowners, and were determined to prevent what they viewed as a tyranny of the majority from ever occurring in this country. This “tyranny” they feared would result from too much economic and polical power being spread too widely, which would diminish these aristocrats’ ability to maintain their own holdings as well as their political control. This fear had it roots back in ancient Greece, where those in power greatly feared “mob rule” and were determined to suppress the lower, majority class any way they could. It has manifested itself many times over the centuries, from the prohibition of direct election of senators until 21913, to the adoption of “eminent domain” by the railroad industry to grab all the land it wanted in the 19th century, to the anti-labor riots and killings of the latter 19th and early 20thcentury, to the preposterous Extreme Courtcorporatist supreme court  decisions of Santa Clara County (1886) and Citizens United (2010), disastrous rulings which granted  corporations the same rights as living, breathing human beings and held yhat the ridiculous notion that spending of corporate money is the same as free speech. In each case the wealthy few were legally enabled to assault the rights and well-being of ordinary citizens for their own profit. The few gains that lower classes were able to achieve, notably the legalization of labor unions in the New Deal depression era and the passage of important civil rights legislation during the Great Society years of the mid-1960s came only after great hardship and suffering by many. These beneficial and totally necessary changes are now being assaulted and are trying  to be rolled back or diminished by wealthy reactionaries who view them as a threat to their profit. These renegades have no regard at all for the average citizen and view those beneath them as mere objects which must be exploited and oppressed to ensure their protection.

cruzThroughout history, many of these paranoid wealthy reactionaries have bitterly opposed progress and true democracy and have engaged many lackeys to help them fuldill their self-serving agenda. Today’s Tea Party, composed of many ignorant, angry, government-hating types, is a perfect current example. By flooding government with such narrow-minded and uncompromising toadies, bernysthe passing of any and all progressive legislation is stymied. In the past, dangerously misled men like Edward Bernays helped this antidemocratic cause by setting up elaborate ruses or distractions to isolate, confuse, and/or stymie the efforts of workers to gain more economic and political rights. Bernays, the founder of modern American public relations, once stated “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”  In other words, to hell with the majority; only the wants of an elite, wealthy minority are important. 

Another badly misguided champion of a small elite of wealthy was the eccentric and hypocritical Ayn Rand, who for years lambasted any and all government aid for the poor but who, at the end hypocrite randof her life when she was in need, accepted Social Security and Medicare nenefits for herself. Rand had previously argued that the main political function of rights was to protect minorities (i.e. the wealthy elite) from oppression from majorities (i.e. social programs paid for by tax dollars that originate from the federal government). Evidently she never studied the economic or social history in which child labor, exhaustively long working hours, and poor working conditions made absolutely necessary the intervention of the federal government into the working place with much-needed regulations. Oh well, they say ignorance is bliss, and she must have been perfectly happy ignoring the plight of the poor all around her…

elihu rootLet us not forget former Senator Elihu Root. He was a bitter opponent of the 17th Amendment, which finally allowed for the direct election of U.S. Senators. Prior to 1913, they had been elected by state-appointed commissions rather than by direct election from citizen voters. Of course, Root’s opposition isn’t too surprising when one considers that he had been an attorney whose client had once been the Gilded Age giant of steel, Andrew Carnegie. We can all be hrateful that the populist w.j. bryanDemocrat William Jennings Bryan had worked so hard for so many years to finally get this amendment adopted, otherwise few, if any, of the great progressive breakthroughs we now take for granted would have ever been possible! We owe all of the great progressive reforms which followed, like Social Security. Workman’s Compensation, Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention Civil Rights, which would never have occurred had the great influx of progressive-minded Democratic Senators not been elected thanks in great part to his efforts! 

With the political and economic deck in this country so stacked against average working citizens as it has been, we in the majority 99% must never abandon our struggle to slow down and even reverse the perilous 30+ year trend of ever-widening income disparity which threatens the continued existence of the middle class and is devastating our poor. If we fail in this endeavor, we shall enter into a long and uncertaum period of economic Dark Ages from which we may never recover from. Face it. friends: the system is rigged  against us, and will only hange through our combined efforts! First and foremost, we must work ceaselessly to elect progressive candidates to Congress next year, and throw out every single Tea Party-infested Republican who is currently occupying one of OUR seats!bought electionscorporate republicans                 

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A SINCERE APOLOGY TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!

Oct. 9, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

I write this post today with a heavy heart and a sense of great remorse for what my generation has done and for all that it has failed to do.  Most of us “baby boomers” began our lives in a state of relative prosperity. Freedom from want was achieved for many of us thanks to the generation which preceded us: “the greatest generation”, whose hard work, great sacrifice, faith, pragmatism,  dedication to community, and basic common sense provided us with the greatest amount of security, comfort, and material wealth humanity had ever seen. We were taught to become, and many of us succeeded in becoming, members of the “WE Generation” – a generation which would share this great bounty, and look after and provide for those who unfortunately couldn’t fend for themselves. We did manage to achieve some successes, but along the way we also had many failures. It is those failures I will dwell upon today, as they gnaw at me and pummel my concience with feelings of shame and frustration. 

As I write today, our federal government is closed down. It has been hijacked by a small band of government-hating, antidemocracy types known as the Tea Party. This so-called “Party” has managed to infest the once-great Republican Party and has succeeded in turning that party so far to the right it is currently almost off of the American political table altogether. It has changed the Republican Party into an intolerant and reactionary force, whose major aim has become to destroy all vestiges of pro-people and pro-worker legislation that has been passed since the start of the 20th century. This backward-looking group wishes to do away with all federal regulation. It can’t stand taxes of any type.  If they are successful, as they now appear they may very well be, the entire world will eventually fall into an economic and social Dark Ages where only a small and ever-shrinking group of autocratic  oligarchs will hold nearly omnipotent economic, social, and political power. 

Regrettably, many of us baby boomers have been corrupted by corporate-induced materialism. This began during the Ronald Reagan administration, when many of us were transformed from idealistic, egalitarian hippies into callous, self-serving yuppies who lost all interest in helping their fellow human. We de-volved from the We Generation into a snide and calculating “ME Generation” which put self-gratification and material gain well in front of all else. Many of us either turned a blind eye to the injustices surrounding us or became complacent and apathetic. Regrettably, a number of us even became an antithesis of our former selves, actively supporting deregulation, corporatism, wealth disparity, war, pollution, racism, and many of the other injustices we had formerly opposed. Along the way, either directly or through lax inaction, we enabled greedy capitalists to plunder and profit as they began to pollute, destroy, and wage war all across the globe almost at will. Those of us who didn’t go along with this terrible transformation became gradually marginalized and even scornfully ridiculed by some of our former friends who were changed into something we refused to become. A number of us, incurably hooked on glamour and entertainment, became lost in a world of make-believe and delusion. Our power to critically think and evaluate facts became lost in the shuffle as we allowed corporate-owned groups to rule the press and mainstream media, substituting sensationalism and worthless trivia for real news and accurate information. We have allowed ourselves to be turned into a nation of rash, impulsive and uninformed dummies.

Now we stand at the brink of worldwide economic disaster. For the very first time in history, this wretched Tea Party is poised to cause the United States to default on its financial obligations. This will have a disastrous impact on global markets and will wreak needless and completely avoidable turmoil on all peoples everywhere, except for the very wealthy. Those wealthy, of course, will swoop down on the casualties, pick their carcasses completely clean, and enrich themselves even further in the process. They will destroy any and all sense of fairness and simple decency for many generations to come. It is wholly unnecessary and unjust, and completely avoidable.

I stand today before all who were born in 1975 or later, as well as their descendants for many generations to come, to ask for your forgiveness for my baby boomer generation, which has short-sightedly plundered your world for its own benefit. In the process, it has robbed you of the chance to experience the same type of prosperity, clean environment,  and greater economic balance we started out with but you will now lack. We cannot undo what we have already messed up, but I pray that one of you will someday rise up and finally overcome this tyranny which has engulfed us now in the year 2013. P;ease accept my sincerest regrets for having left this world in far worse shape than my ancestors left it to me in. Rest assyred, I will NEVER abandon the fight for truth, economic and social justice, and what was once idealistically known as “the American Way”!   

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CONGRESS: IT’S TIME TO ACTUALLY EARN YOUR PAYCHECKS!

Oct. 6, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

This week, as you know, the now reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republican Party, led by a very smug and defiant Texas Senator named Ted Cruz, and a smug and ignorant bastardBABY BPEHNERweak-kneed Speaker of the House named John Boehner, voted to shut down the federal government in an unsuccessful and disjointed, poorly-defined attempt to stop the Affordable Care Act of 2010 from being implemented. This meant a sudden and immediate furlough without pay for 825,000 federal employees and threatened the well-being of millions of other innocent Americans, from children kicked off the Head Start program to the elerly and sick who are now unfairly deprived of beneficial programs like Meals on Wheels. There was an incredible and thoroughly disgusting amount of political grandstanding by these government-hating Teabagger extremists. They all tried to brazenly blame the President for this shutdown, an attempt which shall live in infamy. Some even castigated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for not supporting their preposterous demands.  

Neugebauer the jerkTeabagger extremists like Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer  viciously verbally attacked a Park Ranger in full view of TV cameras for merely doing her job in preventing some visiting veterans from entering the now-closed World War II memorial, even though it was the stupid son of a bitch Neugebauer himself who voted to close down the government, including even national parks and national monuments! Other insane and mouthy Teabagger bitch bachmannmorons like Michele Bachmann were giddy and actually joyful at the government being closed down. She, of course, cares about nobody but herself, unless she is in full view of TV cameras. Then and only then will she feign concern for veterans and others, if she smells it is politically advantageous for her to do so.

Though their far-lesser-paid staff have all been put on furlough during this shutdowm, and even though the GOP-controlled House has failed to pass wasserman-schulyzMichelle Bachmann, Tea Party Leaders Hold News Conference On IRS Scandaleven ONE significant piece of legislation into law this session,  the overwhelming majority of them are still collecting their own paychecks, from Democratic House member Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Teapublican Senator Ted Cruz. This is an insult to every single taxpayer in this country! These deadbeats have accomplished virtually nothing of value this entire term; have wasted thousands of hours and millions of taxpayer dollars on meaningless, insignificant votes; have neglected the poor and needy; have accepted huge donations from corporate lobbyists whose interests are often far apart from those of their actual constituents; and, while many have voted to shut down the government, they still think they are entitked to a taxpayer-funded paycheck of nearly $175,000 apiece! Are these people CRAZY? No, the sad fact is that they are completely out of touch with how the average citizen lives and exactly what that citizen wants, needs, and deserves! Over half of Congress are millionaires who simply don’t know or don’t even care about the struggles of the average citizen. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout out that these self-serving, ignorant, and crporate-corrupted politicians must be thrown out of office and replaced with progressive, truly civic-minded and forward-looking public servants.don't elect gop

It is time for Congress to realize that their bloated nearly $175,000 annual paycheck is not an entitlement. but is rather something they must EARN!      

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THE HYPOCRITICAL REPUBLICAN HALL OF SHAME!

Sept. 30, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

There are few who have deservedly attacked the now reactionary, Tea Party-infested Republican Party more often or more vehemently than this no repubsblogger. This group of crazed, anti-government zealots has done tremendous damage to this country ever since they sprang into being nasty reaganunder Ronald Reagan and increased their frenzy during the presidency of George W. Bush. They continue their ever-rightward spiral downward and are accelerating it to an eventual crash under the influence of the crackpot-laden Tea Party, which infested the GOP in 2010 and is now all but devouring it. These zealots represent an extreme danger to our country because they are fundamentally anti-democracy to begin with and wish to destroy all traces of pro-worker, pro-people government  involvement and influence in our society. These are twisted subversives which must be completely removed from our politics, economy, and government if we are to remain a strong, diverse, and independent nation as we once were. 

smug and ignorant bastardIt now appears that there will be a shutdown of the federal government, thanks to rge efforts of that arrogant renegade Tea Party Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, and an equally rabid group of insane Teapublican House members. 800.000 federal workers will not be reporting to work, meanng that if you need a passport to travel you won’t be able to het one or if you wanted to visit a national park pr national zoo or national museum, you won’t be able to, for they will all be closed. Those wishing to purchase a gun won’t be able to, as no gun permits will be issued during this shytdown. The aerospace and defense industries will also be affected, and the thousands of businesses which supply such industry giants as Lockheed Martin or Raytheon will be forced to lay off workers due to reduced demand for the products and services they produce for them. All because these renegade and uncaring Teapublicans insist that funding for the Affordable Care Act of 2010 be blocked, and the Senate Democrats and President Obama have correctly refused to go along with this madness. These Teapublicans are once again behaving as though they were spoiled children, refusing to join in on a game unless they completely get their own way, and preventing all others from continuing the game unless their demands are met. Unless addressed before Oct. 17, this shutdown will mean that the government will be unable to have its debt ceiling increased, meaning that it wull default, for the very first time in our entire history, and be unable and unwilling to pay its bills for monies it has already spent. This is completely irresponsible and indefensible.

Today’s Tea Party idiots all adore and champion the late President Ronald Reagan. They would be wise to examine what their hero had to say about an impending failure to increase the debt limit which occurred during his angry reagan 2presidency. In a radio broadcast on Sept. 26. 1987, Reagan said (and I quote):
“Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility. This brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and Veteran benegits. Interest rates would skyrocket; instability would occur in financial markets; and the federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and to the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility; two things that set us apart from much of the world…”

I doubt that any of today’s Tea Party infested reactionary Republican Party members will heed Reagan’s warning. They refuse to listen to reason and they hate government anyway and want to destroy it. They have long claimed to be “the party of fiscal responsibility” but those of us who really know the score are gop lies bigpants on fireconvinced beyond all doubt that this is yet another of a very long and tiresome set of hypocritical Republican lies. Other hypocritical lying Republicans include (but are not limited to) a list of 15 House Republicans, each of whom accepted large federal farm subsidies for their family farm but then turned around and voted for a severe cut in food stamps which benefit the poor! The utter hypocrisy here would be amazing, except when you remember these are Republicans we are talking about. The list includes: Robert Anderholt (AL), Blake Farenthold (TX), Stephen Fincher (TN), Vicky Hartzler (MO), John Kline (MN), Doug Malfa (CA), Tom Latham (IA), Frank Lucas (OK), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Kristi Noem (SD), Marlin Stutzman (IN)m and Mac Thornberry (TX). The hypocrisy here is two-fold: each of gop doesn't carethese persons gladly accepted the corporate welfare of their farm subsidy yet would not approve the individual welfare provided by food stamps; and, while claiming to be “the party of Christian values”, these Republicans voted against the repeated instructions of Jesus to feed the poor and sick. Of course, the numbers of congressional Republicans who actually care about sick or poor Americans these days is infinitesimally small. Most loathe or choose to ignore these countrymen; tough luck, Jesus.

These Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republicans who vote for a government shutdown, refuse to fund or implement the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (aka “Obamacare”), and willfully take federal farm subsidies for themselves while voting to deny food stamps for the needy no longer deserve to be on the public payroll. As taxpayers, we should be outraged, and vote them permanently out of office in November of 2014. Where they actually belong is in the Hypocritical Republican Hall of SHAME!don't elect gop           

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